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Another Eagles player gets engaged


Another Eagles player gets engaged

What a life-changing month it has been for a few Eagles, specifically Carson Wentz and now Rodney McLeod.

As we all know, the Eagles won the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, Carson Wentz got engaged two days later, and on Feb. 23, McLeod asked his longtime girlfriend Erika Lee to marry him.

She said yes.

According to a story, the two met in 2009 and McLeod sealed the engagement with a classic car ride around New York City before dropping to his knee near St. Patrick’s Cathedral church.

Here’s a two photos of the happy couple from McLeod’s Instagram.

According to Lee, they’re already eyeing a spring-summer wedding as soon as next year.

Congratulations, Rodney and Erika.

Eagles pay homage to all-time greats by rocking their throwbacks at parade

Eagles pay homage to all-time greats by rocking their throwbacks at parade

Thursday’s epic championship parade was a celebration of the 2017 Eagles team bringing home the Super Bowl trophy to Philadelphia for the first time ever.

But fans of the Birds know that this championship was a celebration of all of the teams and fans that came before them.

That fact was not lost on these Eagles players as they rode down Broad Street with the Lombardi Trophy.

“Is that Jason Peters rocking a Brian Dawkins’ jersey!?!” I screamed to anyone willing to listen as I stood on the rail near Broad and South as a bus rolled in from a distance.

Indeed it was. And it was awesome.

One of the best Eagles’ players ever wearing the jersey of perhaps the greatest Eagle ever. It was an incredible gesture not lost on anyone.

And Peters was just one of many of the current players to rock a throwback.

Peters paid homage to Dawk. Fletcher Cox rocked Reggie White. Brent Celek wore Harold Carmichael’s No. 17 jersey. Rodney McLeod was repping Randall Cunningham. 

Eagles fans wear these throwbacks all the time but it was unique to see the current guys do the same.

Celek spoke to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Danny Pommels while riding the bus down Broad about the thought behind his jersey choice.

“I used to come in the building everyday and see Harold. That guy taught me a lot about what it means to be a professional athlete and to be a man in this league,” Celek said.

“These guys that came before us, they deserve it. They deserve everything that we’re going through right now. They weren’t able to experience it. I just want them to be a part of it a little bit.”

Derrick Gunn caught up with Carmichael in front of the Art Musem and asked him about Celek's sartorial selection.

“This is a great honor that he’s paying tribute to me. Brent called me the other day, he said, ‘I want to wear your jersey but I can’t find one.’ I said, ‘well, Brent, they’re all sold out!’ I told him I’d look and see what I had for him,” Carmichael said.

It also produced one of the most iconic images of the memorable day of Celek atop the Art Museum steps with a familiar hat.

Eagles focused on 'enjoying the moment' after final practice

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Eagles focused on 'enjoying the moment' after final practice

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Eagles held their final practice of the season on Friday at the Gibson-Nagurski Complex on the University of Minnesota campus. 

They'll play in the Super Bowl in two days. 

Like every Friday, the Eagles focused on red-zone drills and other situational work, according to a pool report. Basically Fridays are for putting the finishing touches on the week of practice. 

Doug Pederson thinks his team is ready. 

“I’ve been around these guys all year and I can tell by the way they practice — the speed, the tempo, assignment sound, the energy level," Pederson told pool reporter Kimberley A. Martin. "Things like that lead me to believe because I’ve seen it all season. Now, that doesn’t tell you how they’re going to play. But it just tells you that they’re prepared and ready to go into this game.”

The Eagles practiced for about an hour and 20 minutes before Pederson gathered players, coaches and executives to deliver a lengthy speech about seizing the moment and having fun. 

“Play loose, have fun, enjoy the moment,” Pederson said to Martin. “These opportunities, as you know, don’t come around every year. Also, make sure just to reflect on this season, reflect on the journey that got us here. But just play for one another, have fun and enjoy it.”

Based on this Instagram video from Rodney McLeod, keeping the Eagles loose won't be much of a problem. 

All 53 members on the Eagles' active roster were full participants and everyone should be ready to play on Sunday, including sick defensive tackle Tim Jernigan (see story).

As they normally do on Saturday's before games, the Eagles will hold a walkthrough tomorrow at U.S. Bank Stadium. The players will be able to check out the site where they'll play in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. 

Before the walkthrough, Pederson's longtime teammate Brett Favre will speak to the Eagles at their team hotel in the morning.